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Best dilution in Rodinal for developing Tri-X at Box Speed

I only have Rodinal at hand. And I'm using Kodak Tri-X 400 shot at Box Speed. What's the recommended dilution for Rodinal? 1:50 or 1:100 or others. Stand development or following Mass Dev chart?
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What caused these large white spots on my developed negatives?

I've shoot some Ilford HP5 + on a Mamiya 645 1000s for the first time. I developed the film with Ilford DD-X (1 + 4), ilford stopbath and fixer on a Paterson tank. After scanning the negatives i ...
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New roll of film rewound into canister after 4 exposures

I've been playing aroubd with an 1997 Canon Sure Shot Owl and I recently put a new roll of film in. The last roll I put in was fine, but after taking 4 or 5 photos the film rewound into the canister ...
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What is the white square near the viewfinder of the Fujica GW690?

What is the purpose of the white square and hole near the viewfinder of the Fujica GW690? It's a mechanical camera without a light meter so I can't imagine what they are.
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How accessible is gas hypersensitisation today?

Gas hypersensitisation, as you may know, is a method which was regularly used by astrophotographers. It included baking or soaking a film in a gas mixture, with this gas oftentimes being nitrogen. ...
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Film photography with flash - distorted exposures

I've just started my adventure with film photography. I recently took some photos to get a grip of my Pentax MX camera with AF280T flash. Unfortunately more than half of photos done with flash came ...
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What is this dial on my old film camera for?

I recently got a very old agfa silette camera, and there is this dial with the "R" that is used to rewind the film. In addition to that, is has a little window showing something below - What is that ...
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How to focus old manual viewfinder cameras?

I recently got two really old cameras, and I'm lost. The cameras are an Agfa Silette, and a Welta Weltax. I expected the cameras to have a focusing mechanism similar to rangefinger cameras, or split-...
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How do I develop film using a JOBO tank and a manual roller?

I have experience developing b/w film with ordinary Patterson tanks and using inversion. Now I have a JOBO 1540 tank and a JOBO manual roller base and as there are no instructions for the actual ...
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Monochrome filter effect on color film?

I recently an old Canon O1 orange filter. According to the pamphlet on the filter, it says it works on monochrome film with a filter factor of 3x. What effect would this filter give me on color film? ...
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Can 35 mm film which went through a washing machine still be developed?

I have a roll of 35 min film that I found while cleaning out a closet. I stuck it in my pocket so it wouldn’t get misplaced, then accidentally ran it through the washing machine. Can it still be ...
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Am I storing my camera the wrong way, in a dry box with humidity between 37-48?

I keep SLR my film on a dry box, it has been there for about 3 months now. I always keep the RH level from 37-48. I took out the lens from the mount and saw a small brittle rubber lying down at the ...
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Point and shoot advancer unwinding film

I’m very new to film cameras and recently purchased my first point and shoot camera. It worked great until someone opened the film compartment unaware of the fact that they were not supposed to do so, ...
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Film advance lever stuck on Canon ae-1 Program

I recently acquired a Canon ae-1 Program that is mostly in working condition. The one problem that I have encountered is that the film will not advance past 13 exposures. The film advance lever will ...
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Developing Problems, maybe with JOBO developing tank?

I have been developing my own bw film for some time, so far in a Patterson tank and without problems. Recently, I got a used JOBO-2236 Club tank...I have used it a bit, but I have gotten far more ...
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Development issue with Bergger Pancro 400

I have been developing my own black and white film for some time now, and did not have much problems so far. But recently, I have noticed strange forms on a 120 roll of Bergger Pancro 400. I do not ...
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Shutter button depresses all the way, but does not fire the shutter, and the film advance lever is stuck - Konica Autoreflex T

I moved the shutter speed dial while the film transport lever was half-cocked and now the shutter does not work. Shutter depresses all the way and film transport lever does not move from the starting ...
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why won't my photos compress past a certain size?

I'm having issues compressing my film scans to a suitable size for use on my website. for example, I have a .jpg file with a size of 17.4 MB. I opened the photo in Photoshop and tried two methods: ...
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How to test if the shutter of a Canonet QL-17 is still working?

I want to get into analog photography and want to check if my dad's old Canon still works; especially if the shutter is still in working order (as that model seems to suffer from sticky shutter blades)...
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One transparent negative when developing 2 rolls at once

I am having trouble developing my rolls of film. I have had two casualties today. The first time I developed 3 rolls at once with one liter of solution, consisting of 250mL of Kodak D-76 to 750mL ...
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How do I prevent washed out photos with an Olympus Mju II on sunny days?

Whenever I use my Olympus Mju II with ISO 200 film on a warm very sunny day, the photos come out washed out. I need help with what proper film to use.
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What is the difference between C41 2-bath and 3-bath (other?) processes

I am experienced B/W chemist but now I am entering into color processing at home. I am wondering what is the disadvantage of developing C41 film in 2-bath chemicals like Cinesitil Cs41 Color ...
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Longest (unlimited?) shelf-life B&W developer for sporadic use?

Is there a B&W film developer without limited shelf-life? For example, something encapsulated so well, that it can be stored unopened for decades? For example, something like tablets in metalized ...
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Spinning time for Tetenal C-41 kit

On Tetenal's guide there is nothing regarding how to spin the tank. Looking on YouTube there are different length of time used. For one or two rolls what is the best routine?
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Need Help With Maintenance of Beseler Darkroom Enlargers

I just began a position as a studio associate in the art department of a small liberal arts college near Chicago. The photography professor and I are working together to try to perform routine ...
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Reciprocity failure of Rollei Retro 80S at extreme long times

I am planning to do some night shots and wanted to use Retro 80S. But I couldn't find anything on the films reciprocity failure...with a few seconds, doubling the time will probably work, but with ...
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Should Kodak Vision 500T film be used with ISO 400 or 800?

Hand rolled Vision3 500T film, but I would like to know what is the best ISO to use, 400 or 800, and why?
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Meaning of the value showed at the bottom left of Sekonic L308X screen

I have a Sekonic L308X. At the bottom right, next to aperture value, there is a number. See below image: The manual only said it's a 0.1 step display. What is it? Hand how can it help us to make ...
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Scanning film negatives - Resolution, DPI and file size [duplicate]

I use a Epson V800 scanner to scan my 35mm film negatives. I've set the resolution on the software (silverfast 8) to 3200dpi and the result was a tif file with 4500x3000px and 15mb. If i select that ...
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Can external light meter replace the need for push/pull?

External light meter allows you to set the ISO speed at your liking. Does that mean you can replace that for the need of pushing or pulling your film?
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What are the best Epson Scan settings to scan black and white negatives?

I am using Epson V600 as my scanner and with default Epson Scan app. What is the best setting to use for the app? By "best" I mean, ideal for editing with Lightroom later. For example, what's the ...
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How important is it to have a spot meter on the light meter?

I'm considering getting a Sekonic LX 308 light meter without a spot meter. That is to use it with my Nikon FM2. I'm wondering if I will miss something important without having a spot meter. Is it ...
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Redscale/ yellow scale, is the following scheme true?

So I was looking on this tutorial about redscale, which is a term that describes loading color negative film with the base side of the film facing forward so that the film is exposed through the "back"...
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What does the ISO setting for mechanical 35mm film cameras actually do?

I am wondering if the ISO setting affects the aperture or does it just makes some shutter speeds unavailable to be used? Edit: I have a Konica Autoreflex T with a broken light meter.
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How did technicians individually hand-shim each Pentax/Konica 35mm slr lens mount?

I just received a Konica Autoreflex T and I found out that the lens mount is individually hand shimmed. How did the technicians determine if the lens mount is correctly parallel to the focal plane?
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Can I use 50mm f2 lens to take building photos?

Can I use 50mm f2 lens to take building photos? In my case will be an Yashica ML 50mm f/2.
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Should I get Ansel Adam's book or John P. Schaeffer's Ansel Adams Guide?

Which of these is better for black and white beginner like me? Ansel Adam's Trilogy: The Camera, The Negative, The Print John P. Schaefer: The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography (Book ...
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Printing negative into paper versus Lightroom processing

I want to piggyback the excellent discussion here on the importance of the negatives to the final results. Given a negative, there are two paths I can reach final image: Path A Scan negatives into ...
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How far should I place the camera from the light meter for incident metering

I have my FM2 with me and I want to make a portraiture. For that I use Sekonic L-308X-U as my light meter and I use incident metering. Is the distance of light meter to camera important? If so what ...
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Is space radiation a risk for space film photography, and how is this prevented?

After seeing this question about a 135 camera being used during a space walk, I was wondering the following: It is generally known that astronauts are exposed to increased radiation, also called ...
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I bought a bag of 25 unopened boxes of KODAK Tri-X Pan 620 and 120 in the box film

So I have a Yashica D camera I have shot new film with. But I want to shoot one roll of this film and there was one exposed roll. The film is dated 65 to 67. I was told to take the F stop on stop open ...
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How do you meter shadow with Nikon FM2 built-in light meter

I tried to follow the old adage "expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights", so that I can capture the shadow detail. I only have Nikon FM2 light meter. How can I meter the shadow with it?
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Continue with film or move to Fujifilm X-Pro1?

Last year I bought my first camera, a Minolta X700 in order to get into photography. I bought it with the prices in mind (100 € with 3 lenses), and I really wanted to try film and the development ...
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How do I safety check my bulk loader if I don't develop at home?

I bought a Computrol bulk film loader. How can I safety check my bulk loader if I don't develop at home? I have some 24 exposure rolls so on of my idea was to drag the film out and put it in the ...
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Best image format by Epson Scanner Software to use for Lightroom

Epson scanner app (for V600) scanner let us scan the image with 6 type of output. See the below table: What's the best format I should use to get maximum editing ability in Lightroom?
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How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?

Noon question, but: How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?
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Best practice for keeping temperature constant during film development at home

As I'm developing film at home. I have problem to keep temperature constant for: developer, stop bath, fixer, throughout the process at 20C degrees. What's the best practice to do so ? How do people ...
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Why is this photograph shot with Delta 400 and developed with D76 1+1 so grainy

I have the following image: I used Ilford Delta 400, shot with FM2 at box speed. Metered inside the camera. It was developed with D76 1+1, Adofix, Adostop, Ilfotol wetting agent. I follow Mass.Dev....
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Will the temperature of stop-bath and fixer during development affect the final result?

As we know the temperature of the developer is critical for film development. Usually it's 68F/20C. Will the temperature of stop-bath and fixer also affect the final result of the image? If so what ...
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What do 'glowing' and 'flat' describe in black and white photographs?

In the development of B&W film rolls, people often talk about their result being flat or glowing. What do these terms mean? I now have Tri-X 400 roll (not yet developed). How can I achieve ...